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McGowan aims to use stellar start as springboard

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BALTIMORE -- One day after earning his first victory in six years, right-hander Dustin McGowan was looking to build upon his good work.

McGowan threw 6 1/3 shutout innings in Friday's 2-0 victory over the Orioles for his first win since June, 2008. He has battled several health problems that sidelined and slowed him over the years, but said there was no big celebration after the game.

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BALTIMORE -- One day after earning his first victory in six years, right-hander Dustin McGowan was looking to build upon his good work.

McGowan threw 6 1/3 shutout innings in Friday's 2-0 victory over the Orioles for his first win since June, 2008. He has battled several health problems that sidelined and slowed him over the years, but said there was no big celebration after the game.

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"I just went back to the hotel and laid in bed," McGowan said, smiling. "I was exhausted. But it's been awhile."

McGowan rebounded from a poor outing in his first start this season against the Yankees when he took the loss. But he was much better this time, keeping a strong Baltimore lineup quiet by scattering five hits.

His next start is scheduled for Thursday in Minnesota. Now that one major hurdle has been cleared, McGowan is looking at remaining consistent and pitching well.

"All I can control is one pitch at a time," he said. "I can build on Friday and just keep going, keep working and getting stronger."

Jeff Seidel is a contributor to MLB.com.

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